Real Clan Gunn Chief Osclay line - and Hon. J. A. Gunn (anthrax)
I have a little earlier mentioned that Osclay Gunns are descendants of Chief Donald Crotach Gunn. Alexander Gunn of Osclay and his wife Barbara are buried in the grounds of the Clan Gunn Society Heritage Museum which is ironic given the disinheritance of this real Clan Gunn Chief line by the Clan Gunn Society, as shown by that society’s support for the newly invented third Clan Gunn Chief line.
Shown aboveis the Hon. John Alexander Gunn who was a noted Australian colonial scientist as he created an anthrax vaccine suitable for Australian conditions (Pasteur’s vaccine was not suitable) and who was the great, great grandson of the previously mentioned Alexander Gunn and Barbara Gunn. His life is covered in the Museum – I wonder if the display dealing with him will ever be altered to mention his forebears and their direct line of descent from the original Clan Gunn Chiefs? And would mention also be made that his descendants are the most senior living line to have always held the name Gunn from Chief Donald Crotach Gunn – and so from Coroner Gunn (or, as he is often wrongly called, ‘George Crowner Gunn’)? I suspect not, but I could be wrong…
A detailed account of the Hon John Alexander Gunn’s work can be found in Jan Todd’s Colonial Technology; Science and the Transfer of Innovation to Australia, Cambridge University Press, 1995.